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Collier County, Florida Genealogy

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Guide to Collier County, Florida ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Naples
Organized: May 8, 1923
Parent County(s): Lee[1]
Neighboring Counties
Broward  • Hendry  • Lee  • Miami-Dade  • Monroe  •
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Courthouse
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for Barron G. Collier, a New York City advertising mogul and real estate developer. The County Seat is Naples and the county was created May 8,1923. The County is located in the Southwest area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Collier County Courthouse
3315 Tamiami Trail East
Naples, FL 34112-5324
Phone: 941-732-2646
Collier County Website

County Judge has marriage and probate records
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce, court and land records from 1923[3]

Collier County, Florida Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1899 1923 1899 1923 1923 1923 1830
*Statewide registration of births and deaths began in 1899. General compliance by 1920.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[6]

Cities
Unincorporated communities
  • Ave Maria
  • Barefoot Beach
  • Belle Meade
  • Carnestown
  • Copeland
  • Corkscrew
  • Deep Lake
  • East Naples
  • Fakahatchee
  • Four Seasons
  • Gulf Harbor
  • Harker
  • Isles of Capri
  • Jerome
  • Lee Cypress
  • Miles City
  • North Naples
  • Ochopee
  • Old Grove
  • Port Royal
  • Royal Harbor
  • Royal Palm Hammock
  • Shell Island
  • Sunniland
  • Trailtown
  • Turkey Foot
  • Vanderbilt Beach
  • Wagon Wheel
  • Weavers Station
  • Willoughby Acres
Census-designated places


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Charles Benjamin Daniels: Genealogy.com
Edward Robert Newell- 1840/41-1926: FLGenWeb Project
Albert Benjamin Addison: FLGenWeb

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Collier, Florida online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
TombstoneTranscriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Florida Cemeteries for more information

The following web sites may have additional information on Collier County cemeteries.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

For tips on accessing census records online, see: Florida Census.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Florida denominations, view the Florida Church Records wiki page.

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

African American

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Florida Land and Property for additional information about early Florida land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Florida Territorial Land Records

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for most counties. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories see the wiki page section Florida Local Histories.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Lee CountyHendry CountyBroward CountyMiami-Dade CountyMonroe CountyFL COLLIER.PNG
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for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War

World War I

World War II

Korean War

Vietnam War

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Naples Daily News
1100 Immokalee Road
Naples, FL 34110
Website

Early Florida Newspapers at the Florida State Library: website

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Obituary transcriptions from Florida counties: USGenWeb Obituaries Project
Obituary Index for Collier County: FLGenWeb Project
In Memory, Fallen Officers of Collier Co.: FLGenWeb Project
Obituary Index: 28 July 1927 - January, 2008: Genealogical Society of Collier County(Completed by volunteers from the Genealogical Society of Collier County)
Pioneer's of Collier: Speed Menefee - FLGenWeb Project,Inc.

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Indexes and Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Taxes were levied on free white males over 21 and slaves aged 21 to 60. These persons are referred to as "polls." Tax listings, or digests, of a county generally list the taxable landowners and other polls and the amount of tax. The records for each county are divided by militia district. For more information see the wiki page Florida Taxation.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Florida State Archives, or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Marriage Records

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

Naples Florida Family History Center
4935 23rd Court Southwest
Naples FL 34116
Phone:239-860-7597
Website

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Florida Historical Society
435 Brevard Ave
Cocoa FL 32922
Phone: 321-690-1971
Website

Florida State Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 940+27
Maitland FL 32794-0927
Phone: 947-494-3747
Website

Websites[edit | edit source]

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Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Florida.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Collier County, Florida Genealogy and History”, accessed 04/24/2017.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Florida.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Florida.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Florida.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Collier County, Florida," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, accessed 25 September 2018.
  7. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at PDF.